Marek Keprt (7 June 1974, Olomouc) is a Czech pianist, composer, music pedagogue and specialist in Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin´s work. He has been studying music since his childhood. At the age of 8 he became a student of Herta Hanáková at the music school Iši Krejčího and then he continued his studies with Ladislav Pulchert at the music school Žerotín in Olomouc. He studied at the High school of Economics in Olomouc (1988-1992); however, he attended private music lessons with Pavel Čotek - the elementary music theory and composition (1986-1992) and Eduard Fišer – conducting (1992-1994).
During 1992-2000 he studied at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna – composition (Iván Eröd a Dieter Kaufmann) and piano (Alexander Jenner a Carmen-Graf-Adnet). He also attended piano master classes in Vienna (Alexander Jenner, 1992 and Carmen Graf-Adnet, 2003), Lucerne (James Tocco, 1994), Budapest (Csaba Kiraly, 2000) and in Engelberg (Alexis Weissenberg, 2004).
He has been working as an assistant professor at the Department of Musicology at the Philosophical Faculty of the Palacký University in Olomouc since 2002. In 2008 he graduated with the doctoral thesis entitled Scriabin’s Music in his Middle Period, Exemplified by the Composer’s Poemas for Piano. Since 2002 he has been teaching music theory and piano at the Conservatory in Opava. In 2013 he began his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts at University of Ostrava (supervisor Ivo Kahánek). In 2014 he became a director of the festival of contemporary music MusicOlomouc.
Artistic and academic activities
Regularly, Marek Keprt gives recitals in the Czech Republic and other countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands and South Korea. He recorded compositions of Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Leoš Janáček and Alexander Scriabin for the Czech Radio. As a solo player, he cooperates with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra with which he performed concertos by Robert Schumann – a minor, op. 54 (1991), Franz Liszt – no. 2 A major (1995), Sergei Rachmaninoff – no. 2 c minor, op. 18 (1999), Alexander Scriabin – f sharp minor, op. 20 (2003), César Franck – Symphonic Variations (2002) and Marek Keprt - ČtverJho chořních dob for piano, soprano and orchestra (2013).
The range of his repertoire includes the pieces from the periods of Romanticism, the turn of the 19th/20th centuries and the second half of the 20th century to the compositions of contemporary authors. He focuses his research and musical interpretation on the work of Alexander Scriabin which simultaneously serves as the source of inspiration for his own composing style.
He contributed with the papers on the topic of Alexander Scriabin at a few international conferences - Symposium Melos-Ethos in Bratislava (2007, 2009) and The Third International Congress CHOPIN 1810-2010 in Warsaw (2010). He also gave lectures on Scriabin and his work at universities and musical academies (AMU Praha 2008, VŠMU Bratislava 2008, Hochschule für Musik Dresden 2009, Universität Leipzig 2012, Universität Halle 2014).
Keprt was awarded by several prizes at the competition Generace Ostrava and The Alban Berg Foundation in Vienna for his work. His compositions were performed in the Czech Republic, in some other European countries and also in the U.S. His chamber opera Blumfeld - bachelor was premiered on 9 June 2003 together with his brother Michael Keprt´s opera Banks of Ganga in the National Theater in Prague. The premiere of the piece 2 kreisende Preludes für Violine und Klavier took place on 10 March 2004 in Wiener Konzerthaus with performers Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Christoph Berner. Keprt´s pieces also appear in some music festivals - Wien Modern, Melos-Ethos Bratislava and MusicOlomouc.